The A-Z guide to International air ambulances : An Expert Review

What is an air ambulance?

An air ambulance is just what it sounds like. It’s an aircraft specially outfitted to transport patients in need of medical care. Often when we think of air ambulances, we think of air rescue helicopters taking patients in need of emergency care or intensive care to the nearest ICU. While that is one version of an air ambulance, there are several types of ambulance aircraft and several reasons why people utilize their services. Many air ambulances are intended to fly long distances during an emergency and non-emergency situations, also flying internationally for repatriation needs.

In order to fly internationally with an air ambulance, you can have a private ambulance jet outfitted with the latest medical equipment or travel on a commercial flight with medical escorts and, if necessary, space created to accommodate a medical traveller or a flight nurse. If the patient is able to travel sitting upright in stable condition, Business Class seats will be reserved for them and an accompanying doctor or paramedic who is able to provide first-aid care, if needed, and emotional support during the flight. If the patient is able to travel lying down, some seats will be removed from the aircraft to create a space for the patient to travel lying on a stretcher with accompanying medical staff. In this case, a screen is erected to preserve the patient’s privacy.

Krankentransport im Linienflugzeug

Another option for taking an international air ambulance is flying in a private ambulance jet which provides the shortest lead times and the best in-flight medical care. The private jet is outfitted with the latest medical equipment and is ideal for patients with certain conditions requiring a medical team and ICU care during the flight.

 

When do you need an international air ambulance?

Our patients use air ambulance services often in cases where they are injured or have fallen ill while traveling and therefore want to go home or need to fly to another country for better care. Other instances when an international air ambulance might be used are for people in need of specialized intensive care, or who wish to travel for better or cheaper healthcare in a different country. In all of these cases, an international air ambulance can be your best bet for safe travel while receiving the appropriate medical care while en route.  

How are costs for an international air ambulance calculated?

How are costs for an international air ambulance calculated?

Before organising an air ambulance, you’ll want to understand how we calculate our costs, so you can decide what the best course of action is for you. Because each patient’s situation and needs are unique, we can’t give a single number that will apply to each case. In calculating cost, we consider several factors, such as:

  • The patient’s state of health
  • Flight route and distance
  • Type of aircraft required

The patient’s state of health

A patient’s health condition affects all aspects of air ambulance travel. A patient’s condition can determine the type of aircraft needed and equipment required. Some health conditions can even require special types of air ambulance travel, like sea level flights that keep cabin pressure close to the air pressure on the ground.

Flight route and distance

While the patient’s condition is an important cost factor, the primary factor in determining international air ambulance costs is the route and distance of travel required. While long distances are more expensive than short distances, we do not have a flat distance traveled rate. Instead, our team of advisors calculates the costs for travel route and distance on an individual basis. 

Type of aircraft required

The least expensive type of air ambulance is traveling on a commercial flight with a medical escort. However, some patients will require or even prefer traveling on a private ambulance jet, due to their severe state of health, level of care, and shorter lead times. In time-critical cases that only require short-distance travel, an ambulance helicopter will land at the hospital where the patient is located and fly them directly to their destination hospital.

While these factors and more go into determining the final cost, each situation is unique and requires different air ambulance services. To get a no-obligation quote for your specific needs, contact us today.

Before organising an air ambulance, you’ll want to understand how we calculate our costs, so you can decide what the best course of action is for you. Because each patient’s situation and needs are unique, we can’t give a single number that will apply to each case. In calculating cost, we consider several factors, such as:

  • The patient’s state of health
  • Flight route and distance
  • Type of aircraft required

The patient’s state of health

A patient’s health condition affects all aspects of air ambulance travel. A patient’s condition can determine the type of aircraft needed and equipment required. Some health conditions can even require special types of air ambulance travel, like sea level flights that keep cabin pressure close to the air pressure on the ground.

Flight route and distance

While the patient’s condition is an important cost factor, the primary factor in determining international air ambulance costs is the route and distance of travel required. While long distances are more expensive than short distances, we do not have a flat distance traveled rate. Instead, our team of advisors calculates the costs for travel route and distance on an individual basis. 

Type of aircraft required

The least expensive type of air ambulance is traveling on a commercial flight with a medical escort. However, some patients will require or even prefer traveling on a private ambulance jet, due to their severe state of health, level of care, and shorter lead times. In time-critical cases that only require short-distance travel, an ambulance helicopter will land at the hospital where the patient is located and fly them directly to their destination hospital.

While these factors and more go into determining the final cost, each situation is unique and requires different air ambulance services. To get a no-obligation quote for your specific needs, contact us today.

Why book your international air ambulance with Medical Air Service?

At Medical Air Service, our goal is to provide you the best possible in-flight medical care at the most affordable prices for domestic and international air ambulance services. Our fleet of aircraft is well equipped, and our experienced medical staff is ready to provide you the care you need to travel safely and comfortably. We have tie-ups to major airports as well as smaller airfields, allowing us to offer top-quality service across the world. Our team can even help you plan your travel and arrange ground transport to make sure you get exactly where you need to go.

Nine reasons why our customers pick us 

  1. Worldwide availability
  2. 24/7 availability
  3. Fast dispatch times
  4. International network
  5. Multilingual staff
  6. Transparent costs, no hidden fees
  7. Personal flight consultant, no call center
  8. Maximum relief for our clients
  9. Bed-to-Bed service (if requested) 

In fact, being an ISO 9001 and having our global reach, here is what some of our past customers had to say about Medical Air Service:

“The service was excellent and communication through the process was amazing.”
Mr. P from Glasgow, 2020

“I will never be able to thank you and your team enough for the miracle work you have done for my family. Thank you a thousand times over for everything. You have gone above and beyond..”
Mrs. M. from Edinburgh, 2020


“Many thanks for all the team for their kind support, high professionalism, continuous availability, we appreciate the serious job done to insure the safety of travel along with medical expertise. Thank you to the crew, the medical team and all the flight dispatchers! Great job!”
Mr. D, H, 2020 (Google My Business)

Contact us and we will advise you on your best available options tailored to your needs

For international air ambulance services, our team members are available 24/7 to discuss your situation, answer questions, and provide a quote for your specific needs. Please contact us: 

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